From the Interim Conference Minister

The Board of Directors and I are inviting everyone to a conversation on Sunday, Jan. 29, about the possible new covenant between the Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts Conferences that includes the formation of a new Conference.

This meeting, being facilitated by The Rev. Bob Naylor, is being held from 2:30 - 4:30 PM at the Marriott Hotel, 1 Orms Street, Providence.

Read an invitation to this gathering from Frances Munro, Administrative Vice President of the RICUCC Board of Directors.

Read below for news about the Board vote taken this past weekend.

Download the Case Statement with the Resolution approved by the Boards.

~ The Rev. Barbara Libby

 News Items

CT, MA and RI Boards commit to forming new Conference

The three Boards worshiping together.
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The Boards of Directors of the Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island conferences on Saturday voted unanimously to commit to forming a new Conference to minister and come together to make an impact as people of faith.

The three Boards came together for a meeting in Woodstock, Connecticut, and after worship and conversation together, went into separate meetings. Each Board then voted unanimously to adopt a resolution stating their intent to move forward in creating a new Conference. 

They will ask the Annual Meetings of the three Conferences, being held together June 16 and 17, to endorse their intent to draft a proposal for a new Conference. The Boards would then bring that specific proposal to another joint Annual Meeting in 2018 for ratification.

Read more, including the resolution and the case statement for forming a new Conference

Wade in the WaterAutumnal Meeting Presentation Video Now Online

Wade in the Water: The Sacred Task of Confronting White Privilege, the presentation made by The Rev. Alison Buttrick Patton to the Autumnal Meeting of the Rhode Island Conference, is now available for viewing onlilne.

See the video now 

Conference Launches New Newsletter Format

The Rhode Island Conference's weekly e-newsletter has been reformatted, and is now being edited by Tiffany Vail, Associate Conference Minister for Communications for the RI, CT and and MA Conferences.

Office Manager Sandy Tremblay, who was editing the newsletter, is now managing the website content. Churches with news stories, events or classified ads that they would like to submit to the website AND the newsletter should use the forms linked at the bottom of this email. Questions can be directed to  Sandy Tremblay or Tiffany Vail.

Yale Offering Free Lenten Online Course on the Journey of the Universe

Yale University is offering three six-week online courses that can be audited for free under the theme of "Journey of the Universe: A Story for our Times." Two  courses are on Journey of the Universe and one is on the Worldview Of Thomas Berry. An Integrating Capstone course is also available as part of the specialization certificate - it is not available to audit.

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Upcoming Conference Events

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UCC Women Clergy Luncheon
Jan. 26, 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Slatersville Congregational Church UCC

Bring food to share and discuss what you are doing for fun in 2017. 

Sliding with Faith!
Feb. 5, 12:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Peace Dale Congregational Church, South Kingston

A fun filled Youth Event for 6th-12th graders.  Meet for snacks and a youth program, then one hour of SNOW TUBING at Yawgoo Valley in Exeter. Registration by Jan. 25 required.  

Installation of Dale Azevedo
Feb. 26, 3:00 - 5:00 PM
Barrington Congregational UCC

Maple Sugar Camp
March 17 - 18
Irons Homestead, Glocester, RI

A camp for high school and middle school youth. Bring your youth group!

Super Saturday
March 18, 8:00 AM - 3:45 PM
Minnechaug Regional High School, Wilbraham, MA

A day of skill building and networking with numerous workshops, worship and a marketplace of vendors and ideas. Keynote Speaker is author, storyteller, and theologian Brian McLaren.

Passion of Christ Retreat
April 13 - 15
Irons Homestead

An experiential retreat that begins with supper on Thursday evening and ends with breakfast on Saturday morning.  Participants will encounter the last supper, crucifixion and death of Jesus through a variety of media

 Other Events of Interest

Langston Hughes 22nd Annual Poetry Reading
Feb. 5, 1:00 PM

RISD Museum of Art, Providence

Dark Work: The Business of Slavery in Rhode Island
Feb. 16, 5:30 PM - Brown University, Providence
Feb. 17, 6:00 PM - University of Rhode Island, Kingston 

 Mark Your Calendar 


Annual Meeting of RI, MA, & CT UCC Conferences
June 16 & 17, Hartford, CT

UCC General Synod 
June 30 - July 4, 
Baltimore, MD

June 30 - July 4, Baltimore, MD 


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